“Stand Your Ground”: Working as Intended.

From MediaMatters.org:

During today’s meeting of a Florida taskforce that is investigating the “Kill At Will” law implicated in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, National Rifle Association representative Marion Hammer said that the NRA was “proud to have been a part of the process” in enacting the law in 2005.

(Video at link)

“We believe the law is doing what the legislature intended. It is protecting the rights of people who defend themselves against attackers and intruders. The NRA supported this law. We are proud to have been a part of the process. We are proud to say we worked with legislators from both sides of the aisle to protect self-defense rights. And although there may be other bodies of law that do not go far enough to protect the innocent and the righteous, we don’t see any basic need to change the premise of this law.”

Working as intended.  Sigh:

In spite of the NRA’s defense of the law as a means of “protecting freedom,” a number of investigations into “Kill At Will” have reached troubling conclusions. A June 3 Tampa Bay Timesanalysis of “Kill At Will” cases found that in nearly one third of such cases individuals “initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.”

“People often go free under “stand your ground” in cases that seem to make a mockery of what lawmakers intended. One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back. In nearly a third of the cases the Times analyzed, defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free. “

In a July 22 survey, the Times also found that about one third of those who claimed self-defense under “Kill At Will” had previously been accused of a violent crime. Additionally, more than one third of “Kill At Will” defendants had been arrested for illegally carrying or threatening someone with a weapon.

While the NRA may believe that “Kill At Will” is “doing what the legislature intended,” a June study conducted by Texas A&M University economics professor Mark Hoekstra concluded that states that passed such laws saw an increase in the incidence of homicides.

 

 

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